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Barque Picton Castle Apprenticeship Program 2014-2015

Posted by Erin on April 15, 2014

Barque PICTON CASTLE Sailing Ship Crew Professional Development
 Apprenticeship 2014-2015 * Sailing Around the World

The Barque PICTON CASTLE, the world voyaging sail training ship, is offering a rare sea training opportunity for young aspiring seafarers intending to sail professionally.

This is a chance to sail before the mast and learn all that one can as serving as crew in a proven square rigged sailing ship, a faithful recreation of age of sail deep-water commercial sailing ships from the time when they reached their highest development.

• Build up ocean square-rig sea-time
• Add tonnage to your sea-service record
• Make rare, long blue water, deep sea passages under sail
• Enrich skill sets in ship rigging, sailmaking, navigation, ship-handling, tacking & wearing, bracing, anchor handling, extensive small boat handling, engine room skills, damage control and more
• Sail the South Pacific Ocean, the Torres Strait, the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, the South Atlantic, the coast of Africa, transatlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic

This is open to mariners who have their STCW Basic Safety Training and a minimum of three months sea time; or have graduated from a recognized marine training institute; or have a minimum of six (6) months sea time in recognized sail training ships or sailing ships.

For more information about the voyage and how to become a part of the adventure, click here for the announcement.

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Speed Over Ground: 1.0 KT

Posted by Erin on April 10, 2014

It’s a car! It’s a truck! It’s…Spirit of Massachusetts? sailboat crossing

Spirit of Massachusetts made headlines yesterday when she was transported down the city streets of Portland’s East End. Just past dawn on Wednesday morning, the 125-ft schooner was moved from the former Gowan Yard in Portland, Maine to the new Portland Yacht Services shipyard, where she will undergo an extensive restoration. Having sailed over 300,000 nautical miles on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Ocean Classroom Foundation‘s Spirit of Massachusetts can now add Commercial Street to her résumé.

The video of Spirit of Massachusetts‘ journey through Portland is reminiscent of another video from 2012, which depicts the trek of the space shuttle Endeavour down the streets of Los Angeles…slow, calculated, and conspicuous.

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A Sense of the Sublime

Posted by Erin on March 13, 2014

Picton Castle -  a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Picton Castle – a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Every day on Slate, the Quora column answers a question. The questions range from the silly – What’s so great about espresso? To the more scientific – What would happen if a coin-sized black hole were placed at the Earth’s center? And many, many questions in between.

Yesterday, a Quora contributor asked, “What’s it like to sail around the world?” Who better to answer that question than a crewmember on Picton Castle currently sailing around the world. Here is the fascinating answer.

For more details about life on Picton Castle and sailing to remote Pacific Islands, sign up for the Captain’s Log.

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Sail Aboard USCG Barque EAGLE this March

Posted by Erin on January 20, 2014

Sail Training and Professional Development aboard

Captain Pulver would like to invite twelve experienced deckhands* from the Tall Ships America fleet to sail in the USCG Barque EAGLE on a round trip from New London, CT to Morehead City , NC from March 21st to April 4th, 2014.**

This experience will be a great resume-enhancer and tonnage-time booster!


*Junior officers are welcome but should be advised that berthing is in the trainee accomodations. Experienced trainees are welcome if accompanied by an experienced professional mariner. Applicants must be between 18 and 50 years of age.

** Sailors are invited to arrive on March 20th, prior to the March 21st departure from New London. EAGLE will make a port call in Morehead City, NC from March 27-29th, and is scheduled to arrive back in New London, CT on April 4th, 2014.

Program Details:
1.) You must be at least 18 years old, and not more than 50 years old.
2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft.
3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.
4.) You will be a  full participant, along with the USCG trainees, in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.
5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG trainees.
6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for “Old Salts”, and it is not for first-timers.
7.) Upon successful completion of the program, EAGLE will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in EAGLE.
8.) Participants must pay $12/day for food and expenses, etc.

Application Process:
1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at erin@tallshipsamerica.org
2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!
3.) Applications must include the following:
a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee
b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate
c.) Completed Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement
d.) Completed Medical Questionnaire (see the EAGLE “Welcome Aboard” packet).
NOTE: This requires a consultation with a medical doctor.

This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the EAGLE leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail. This is truly a rare and special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew.

We expect that all participants in this program will work hard and do their best to uphold the excellent relations that exist between EAGLE and the civilian sail training community, and in all ways observe and respect the policies, procedures, and rules of comportment as established aboard EAGLE.

If you have any questions about this program, please call Bert Rogers or Erin Short at Tall Ships America: 401-846-1775.

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EPA’s EE Grants Program

Posted by Erin on January 14, 2014

Do You Want To Sail To The Pacific Islands Before Global Warming Turns Them Into Atlantis?

Or Do You Want To Save The Environment But You Just Can’t Afford To?

Pacific Islands

Call for Proposals – EPA’s EE Grants Program

Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Grants Program is is currently accepting grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens.

The program works to engage communities across the country through educational projects that have a lasting impact on local watersheds and air quality. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.

This year’s competitive grants program will total $2.77 million. Grants will be awarded from each of the ten EPA regional offices and EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC for a total of 22 to 32 grants. Each award will be an estimated $75,000 to $200,000.
Proposals are due by February 4, 2014.

For more information, go to http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

United States Environmental Protection Agency & the NOAA Office of Education Grants Team


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38th Voyagers: Go to sea on a historic tall ship…

Posted by Erin on December 4, 2013

Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport

Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport

…then tell your tale to the world.

Mystic Seaport seeks volunteers to participate in an exciting, unprecedented public-history project onboard the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Beginning December 1, 2013, the Museum will accept project proposals by talented, self-motivated adults from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to document and share their experiences during the ship’s commemorative 38th Voyage.

In summer 2014 the Charles W. Morgan will sail for the first time in more than 80 years. During its first 37 voyages (1841-1921), this vessel ventured into all the world’s oceans in pursuit of whale oil and baleen, carrying multi-ethnic crews and coming into contact with many different cultures. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Morgan will sail to seven New England ports, engaging communities with their maritime heritage, raising awareness of the changing perceptions about whales, and furthering ongoing research into whales, whaling, and whaling peoples.

Click here to continue reading about this incredible opportunity

Application Process Deadline: Dec. 31, 2013

Photo credit: Mystic Seaport

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California Calling

Posted by Erin on October 21, 2013

Balboa Park, San Diego

Balboa Park, San Diego

A few weeks ago, fresh off our summer in the Great Lakes, Patti, Bert and I flew out to Southern California to start planning TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Pacific Coast 2014. Our first stop was the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Home of the 150 year-old Star of India, HMS Surprise (formerly Rose and of Master and Commander fame), and Californian, along with two submarines, a steam ferry, steam yacht, pilot boat, and a replica of the first yacht to win the America’s Cup, the museum has an impressive fleet along the waterfront. Read the rest of this entry »

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California Dreaming

Posted by Erin on June 12, 2013

As we dry out after two days flood warning here at Tall Ships America HQ in Newport, RI, I can’t help but yearn for the dry SoCal weather of last week.  While planning for this summer’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes Race Series continues unabated, Patti and I were off to San Pedro last Monday to start our planning for the  TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Pacific Coast 2014. Organizing a maritime festival is not a one man show and we met with several groups who will help us pull off a great event – our host port partners at the Port of Los Angeles, enthusiastic community representatives, and local security agencies.

The Port of Los Angeles is a fascinating place. The offices that we were in for meetings overlooked the waterfront and with all the cranes moving, the shipping containers swinging through the air, and the enormous carrier ships constantly moving up and down the channel, it was like something out of a Richard Scarry book (also, I couldn’t help but be reminded of The Wire). 

In addition to meeting our future TSC San Pedro team, Patti and I had the opportunity to spend some time with old friends at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. The last time I had visited San Pedro, the staff at LAMI were about to move into their new digs along the waterfront, an upgrade from a somewhat cramped space to one with tons of room to set up shop. They have great views of the port and the twin brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, are tied up nearby.

After these positive meetings, we could not be more excited to bring the tall ships back to Southern California.

Here are some pictures from the trip – Read the rest of this entry »

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